“Now we can chuck it up bro,” says Shane Henderson.
Auckland’s regeneration agency, Panuku Development, has identified nine “potentially-developable” sites in Henderson following Auckland Council’s Planning Committee approving an overall plan to hasten development in the west Auckland suburb.
The High Level Project Plan (HLPP) explores opportunities to revitalise a number of council-owned sites, as well as partnership opportunities with central Government and the private sector, Panuku said.
Initially, Panuku will focus on the car park area around the former Waitakere City Council building, which sits in the heart of Henderson, directly over the train station and next to the town centre.
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A second site at 21-33 Henderson Valley Rd will also be developed into approximately 40 houses for the elderly, and additional terraced homes.
Henderson was approved for development as an ‘Unlock’ location by the Auckland Development Committee in December 2015.
The Unlock Henderson project area covers about 145 hectares. Under the support category Panuku developed council-owned land only, whereas the new unlock status allowed it to facilitate private sector investment opportunities as well.
Henderson-Massey Local Board chairman Shane Henderson said it is “a chance for both investment and growth” and the unlock status will build on strong existing plans and support for redevelopment.
“Now we can chuck it up bro,” Henderson said, referring to proposed housing development on the car park area around the former Waitakere City Council building.
“We need more people living, working and having fun in the traditional heartland of the west. Making it possible for more people to live in Henderson is a key focus for our board. Our community are telling us to get it done.”
Waitakere Ward councillor Linda Cooper said with Henderson having been previously identified as “one of 10 important metropolitan centres” where significant change is expected in the coming years, today’s milestone is an important first step to enabling positive change.
Other Auckland suburbs already in the unlock category included Takapuna, Northcote, Auckland city centre, Old Papatoetoe town centre, Hobsonville, Ormiston town centre and nearby Avondale.